While the term ‘superfood’ has been making the media rounds as of late, promoting exotic fruits and berries, such as Acai, Gubinge and Camu Camu, there are plenty of superfoods that pack major punch that you can find locally.
While the superfoods mentioned above are wonderful supplements for daily nutrition, they can’t be found at every health food store and often come with hefty price tags. What’s more, the foods you find at your local neighborhood market or farmer’s market, often serve the same exact purpose and are superfoods in their own right. The superfoods listed below are nutritious, vitamin and mineral packed and will keep you fuller longer.
Salmon is the perfect brain food that is packed with protein and essential fatty acids. One 100g serving of salmon contains 1000mg of EPA and 725mg of DHA fatty acids. This superfood is also jam packed with potassium, selenium and vitamin B12.
Fish, and cold-water varieties in particular, have been shown to protect against heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease and many forms of cancer.
If salmon gets boring for you after awhile, sardines are a wonderful substitute. Each 100g serving of sardines contains 25g of protein, 149 percent the DV of vitamin B12, 69 percent the DV of vitamin D and 75 percent the DV of selenium with significant amounts of phosphorous, niacin and calcium.
While egg whites are rife with protein, egg yolks contain vast amounts of choline, vitamins A, D, K2 and E, and minerals such as iron, zinc and selenium. Omelets are a wonderful option for breakfast to provide a nutrition boost while providing vast energy reserves to tide you over until lunch.
Avocados are a wonderful source of monounsaturated fats, second only to olive oil, with 20% of the fruit composed of unsaturated fats. What’s more, the high oleic acid content present in avocados has been shown to protect against cardiovascular disease by lowering cholesterol levels. They are an ample source of potassium, packing two times the amount of bananas, and contain a great deal of fiber.